All Kindergartener’s at the Evelyn Alexander School (formerly North Elementary School) in North Chicago were excited to receive new backpacks and reading/picture books at their “meet and greet” night. Principal Orbe thanked the Kiwanis Foundation of Lake Bluff & Lake Forest for their generous donation stating, “What a thoughtful donation for children starting school.” He even mentioned that some students immediately sat down and started looking through their new books.
The Kiwanis Foundation selected Evelyn Alexander School as a few of their members are involved with Reading Power, Inc., a non-profit organization which tutors students in reading at the school. Maureen Biedermann, a former teacher, member and tutor, was instrumental in organizing the donation. She saw a smile on all the children’s faces and believes this is a great introduction for student to school, let alone reading.
The Kiwanis Foundation hopes to provide backpacks and books every year. “It fits perfectly with the Kiwanis’ motto of Serving the Children,” said President, David Lee.